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Course Overview

Who should take this course?

Our 24 Hour EMT Transition Online course is designed for EMT-Basics who look to become eligible for National EMS Certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT). Under the new EMS Education Standards, if you are an EMT-Basic who has an expiration date of March 31, 2011 or March 31, 2012, then you have two registration cycles (4 years) to complete a state approved Emergency Medical Technician-Basic (EMT-B) to Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) transition course in order to be eligible for National EMS Certification as an Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT).

To transition to the EMT level, the NREMT-Basic is not required to complete a National EMS Certification Examination.

Course History

In 1996 the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) came together to create a common vision for EMS, resulting in the EMS Agenda for the Future. That agenda was followed in 2000 by the EMS Education Agenda for the Future: A Systems Approach.

The result of these two agendas is a change from the title of EMT-Basic to EMT, as well as new educational requirements, including:

  • A change from assessment-based patient care to diagnostic-based patient care;
  • More extensive knowledge to assess and understand patient conditions; and
  • Use of pulse oximeters for assessment purposes.

As a result of these change in training requirements and certification titles, everyone in EMS will transition from levels of certification designated in the 1990s to new titles with new interventions and responsibilities.

In order for NREMTs to maintain National EMS Certification, all NREMTs must meet the minimum requirements of knowledge and skill outlined in the National EMT Scope of Practice Model.

This EMT Transition course is meant to help you transition from the old designation of EMT-B to the new designation of EMT.


This course consists of 55 sections broken down into 6 modules. Students are required to take each section in sequential order as listed below.

Module # Section # Title
Module 1 1 Workforce Safety and Wellness
2 Therapeutic Communication
3 Legal Issues in EMS
4 Anatomy and Physiology: Cellular Metabolism
5 Ambient Air, Airway, and Mechanics of Ventilation
6 Regulation of Ventilation, Ventilation/Perfusion Ratio, & Transport of Gases
7 Blood, Cardiac Function, and the Vascular System
8 Life Span Development
9 Public Health and EMS
10 EMS Pharmacology
Module 1 Assignment - Objectives Learned
Module 2 11 Medical Terminology
12 Issues in Airway Management, Oxygenation, and Ventilation
13 Critical Thinking
14 Assessment of the Trauma Patient
15 Assessment of the Medical Patient
Module 2 Assignment - Objectives Learned
Module 3 16 Neurology: Altered Mental Status
17 Neurology: Stroke
18 Neurology: Seizures
19 Abdominal Emergencies and Gastrointestinal Bleeding
20 Immunology: Anaphylactic and Anaphylactoid Reactions
21 Endocrine Emergencies: Diabetes Mellitus and Hypoglycemia
22 Endocrine Emergencies: Hyperglycemic Disorders
23 Psychiatric Disorders
24 Cardiovascular Emergencies: Chest Pain and Acute Coronary Syndrome
25 Cardiovascular Emergencies: Congestive Heart Failure
26 Cardiovascular Emergencies: Hypertensive and Vascular Emergencies
Module 3 Assignment - Objectives Learned
Module 4 27 Toxicology: Street Drugs
28 Respiratory Emergencies: Airway Resistance Disorders
29 Respiratory Emergencies: Lung and Gas Exchange Disorders
30 Respiratory Emergencies: Infectious Disorders
31 Hematology: Blood Disorders
32 Renal Disorders
33 Gynecologic Emergencies
34 Emergencies Involving the Eyes, Ears, Nose, and Throat
35 Issues in Cardiac Arrest and Resuscitation
36 Shock
Module 4 Assignment - Objectives Learned
Module 5 37 Bleeding and Bleeding Control
38 Chest Trauma
39 Abdominal Trauma
40 Soft Tissue Injuries: Crush Injury and Compartment Syndrome
41 Orthopedic Trauma
42 Head and Traumatic Brain Injury
43 Complete and Incomplete Spine and Spinal Cord Injuries
Module 5 Assignment - Objectives Learned
Module 6 44 Trauma in Special Populations: Pediatrics
45 Trauma in Special Populations: Geriatric
46 Trauma in Special Populations: Pregnancy
47 Diving Emergencies: Decompression Sickness and Arterial Embolism
48 Lightning Strike injuries
49 Obstetrics (Antepartum Complications)
50 Neonatology
51 Pediatrics
52 Geriatrics
53 Special Challenges
54 Safely Operating an Ambulance
55 Multiple-Casualty Incidents and Incident Management
Module 6 Assignment - Objectives Learned


This course has one comprehensive final exam based upon the material covered in the course's 6 modules.

The final exam consists of 100 questions randomly selected from a large pool of questions. A score of 80% or better is required to pass the final exam.

If a student does not pass the exam the first time, they may retake the exam as many times as necessary in order to pass.

Mobile Version


We're excited to announce that this course is now available in HTML 5, making it more compatible with the browser on your mobile device (e.g., smartphone or tablet). This course requires only the most recent version of your mobile device's web browser.

Tablet Pros and Cons

Mobile versions of this sort of training are new, but below are some Pros and Cons that we have noticed during our extensive testing.


  • No computer needed
  • Tablet mobility
  • Tablet screen graphics


  • Smartphone screens can be too small to see
  • Mobile browsers react differently than computer browsers
  • Phone calls can interrupt training

During our testing we really noticed that tablets work much better than smartphones, simply due to their screen size.

Growing Pains

Because this is a Beta Version of our course, you may encounter some issues as we work out the kinks.

Your Mobile Browser

While HTML5 makes taking this course on mobile devices possible, not all mobile browsers are optimized for HTML5, meaning you may not have complete functionality. If you have difficulty taking this course using the browser on your mobile device, you may need to use a different browser.

Test the functionality of your browser using HTML5 and compare it to the performance of other browsers. If you find other browsers are more compatible than your own, you may want to make the switch.


Below are some frequently asked questions specific to this course.

Q - How long will this course take to complete?

Our courses are set up to take a specific amount of time. Some students may get through the training more quickly, while others may actually take longer to complete their training. Remember, this training should be used as an intricate tool in the context of an overall training program; it can be combined with other training throughout the year in order to meet any hour requirements needed.

Q - Do I have to finish the course in one sitting?

No, our courses are designed so you can start and stop as needed, allowing you to break the training up over a longer period of time. Our system will keep track of your progress, enabling you to resume where you left off upon your next login. It is important that once you start a section, you complete that section or you will need to start that section over from the beginning upon your return.

Q - Can I take the course from more than one computer?

Yes, you can take the online portion by signing in with your username and password from any location and computer with high-speed internet access. However, each computer does need to meet our basic system requirements for viewing our online courses.

Q - Will I receive a certificate for this course?

Yes, once you have completed a course, you are able to download, save or print a certificate of completion from your student account. Certificates are created in a pdf format. Users must have the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader before attempting to download the completion certificate.